Norway Massacre: Morrissey Explains Why He Compared Shootings to McDonald's
Morrissey has clarified remarks made during a recent concert in Poland that compared last week's Norway shootings to what happens to animals slaughtered for fast food consumption.
He told a Warsaw audience on July 24, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried S**t every day."
Morrissey issued a statement Thursday to expand on his point, "The comment I made on stage at Warsaw could be further explained this way: Millions of beings are routinely murdered every single day in order to fund profits for McDonalds and KFCruelty, but because these murders are protected by laws, we are asked to feel indifferent about the killings, and to not even question them."
Standing firmly by his statements, the animal activist continued, "If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway kilings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals 'are not us.'"
Morrissey frequently uses the stage to express his opinions on animal cruelty -- while headlining the Coachella Music Festival in 2009, he'd gagged and stopped his performance several times, saying he was sickened by the smell of burning flesh (i.e, hotdogs and sausages).
The former Smiths frontman also condemned the media's focus on Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik, who killed more than 70 people on July 22, "The recent killings in Norway were horrific. As usual in such cases, the media give the killer exactly what he wants: worldwide fame. We aren't told the names of the people who were killed -- almost as if they are not considered to be important enough, yet the media frenzy to turn the killer into a Jack The Ripper star is.... repulsive. He should be un-named, not photographed, and quietly led away."
Such media issues have been on Morrissey's minds for decades: the song "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" include the lyrics, "In our lifetime those who kill/ the news world hands them stardom/ and these are the ways on which I was raised/ these are the ways on which I was raised."